Radio-Canada is reporting that the Quebec government is thinking about charging patients to stay overnight at the new superhospitals.
Right now people have the option to fork out extra fees for semi-private and fully private hospital rooms.
Both the MUHC and the CHUM superhospitals will have only individual rooms to decrease the chance of infections.
Radio-Canada says the government is now looking at charging to use the new individual hospital rooms, exploring options such as paying based on how much money you earn, or paying the kind of fees charged at long-term care homes.
The MUHC said this is news to them.
"We don't know anything about this proposal and we'll be looking into it," spokesman Ian Popple told CJAD 800 News.
The government rakes in about $60-million a year from charging for private and semi-private hospital rooms.
Pierre Blain, executive director of the patients' rights group, Regroupement provincial des comités d'usagers, said if this goes through, the poor and the elderly will be hardest hit.
"It means that perhaps some people will be afraid of going to the hospital thinking perhaps they will have to pay for that," Blain told CJAD 800 News.
Blais said such a measure would be unacceptable and they'd fight it tooth and nail.
"A hospital is a public service and we are not going on vacation when we go to a hospital. We go there because we need care and it should be free."